Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó congratulated his recently appointed Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, on the formation of the country’s new government, the foreign ministry said. During the phone call, Ashkenazi thanked Szijjártó for Hungary’s “correct conduct” towards Israel, and for the commitment it had shown in standing up for the country. Szijjártó said Israel could continue to count on Hungary’s “correct and balanced” stance regarding Israel.
Szijjártó and Ashkenazi agreed that hypocrisy and bias, together with “political correctness”, are at the root of international attacks against patriotic governments seeking to enforce their nations’ interests. “Since both countries have such governments”, their strategic cooperation will develop further, the ministry statement cited the ministers as saying. Hungary and Israel are on similar footing on preserving their identities, on the importance of sovereignty and security, as well as on standing up against illegal migration, they said. Hungary will not support EU or UN declarations condemning Israel, Szijjártó said.